Sunday, July 26, 2015

Primary Pioneer Singing Time Trek

We’re going on a Pioneer Trek-Singing Time Style! 

Our Primary's Sacrament meeting program is scheduled for late September this year with a long list of songs to sing.  I thought it might be fun to plan an activity that would allow for lots of review time.  But in a fun and interactive way.

We started the activity by choosing two "Trail Bosses" to organize the Trail Map on the blackboard. I used Camille's map in several puzzle pieces and asked the trail bosses to organize and then call out WAGONS HO!

As we reviewed our program songs our covered wagon moved along the trail.

"We need to reach Salt Lake before the end of singing time...for some must push and some must pull!"

I explained that I had a wooden box filled with things that pioneer children loved.  If we could get to the end of the trail before singing time was done we would find out what was in the box.  The incentive worked wonderfully!

Our pioneer trail had some pretty important places on it.  We stopped briefly to learn just a bit about them before we moved on.  At each stop we sang one of our program songs.

#1. Challenges in Missouri HERE
#2.  Exploring Nauvoo HERE
#3. The Nauvoo Temple & Carthage Jail HERE
#4.  Waiting in Winter Quarters HERE
#5.  Martin's Cove HERE
#6.  This is the Place HERE
(The links are on Camille's website)

"Listen closely because you just might need to know something important at the end of the trail to receive an authentic (or not) piece of Pioneer candy."  

We talked about how important it must have been for Pioneer children to play games at the end of their long day of walking.

As EVERY CHILD sang the review songs the Hooey Stick's propeller would get faster and faster.  When we were singing a reverent review song we had to sing so softly that we could hear the buzz saw buzz!

We arrived safely and on time with most of our songs having been reviewed.  And we had fun along the way.  

Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked...and walked!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

De-Constructed Trifle

I love Trifle.  
This is a very simple way to include all the trifle ingredients without all the trifle work.

Buy (or bake) pound cake and/or angel food cake.  Wash and cut blueberries and strawberries, or whatever fruit you love.

Add a little dollop of your favorite whipped cream creation.
(My whipped cream recipe below)

Same taste, a little different look and you have a tasty trifle.
I also found that my guests liked the trifle bar of choices.  

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream
1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl with mixer on low speed until smooth.  Beat in whipping cream on medium speed until stiff peaks form.  

Can use as trifle topping or spread on a brownie or shortbread to make a great fruit pizza.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jen's Limeade

Jen’s Limeade

1 can Limeade concentrate
2-2 liter bottles of Sprite
Lots of pebble ice
Slices of Lime

Mix limeade per directions on can.  Right before serving add Sprite, pebble ice and lime slices.

Enjoy a cool, refreshing drink!

Recipe can also be doubled and served from a beverage dispenser.  Just remember to add ice right before serving.

And don't you love the frosty glass made from a squat mason jar and a dollar store candle stick holder!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie

Beat the summer heat with this frozen treat!

We love the recipes that come from Six Sisters' Stuff !  I recently made this for a family dinner dessert, on a very hot day.  Oh so satisfying and delicious.  And so easy to make.  It makes 2 pie pies (one to eat, one to share) and only a few ingredients required.

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie

2 Pre-made Graham Cracker Crust
1 quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream

6 oz or 1/2 can of a 12 ounce frozen pink lemonade concentrate

1 container (4 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used light cool whip)

Red food coloring, if desired

Lemon or lime peel, if desired


In a large bowl, mix ice cream, lemonade concentrate, whipped topping and a few drops food color. Spoon and spread ice-cream mixture into the crust

Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Let stand at room temperature a few minutes before cutting. Garnish with lemon peel.
For yellow lemonade pie, replace pink lemonade concentrate with regular lemonade concentrate, and add a few drops of yellow food color.

Bring on the heat!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Triple Chip Cookies and Ice Cream-MMMmmm Monday

My family attended a gathering where cookies and ice cream were the main attraction.  There were many scrumptious cookies to choose from and this was one of the favorites!  

The baker gave us permission to share her recipe...lucky you!

Heidi's Triple Chip Cookies

1 lb. butter (softened), 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar, 2 cups white sugar.  Cream together for 10 shortcuts!  

Add 3 eggs and 2 tbsp. vanilla.  Cream mixture for 3 more minutes. Mix dry ingredients: scant 6 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda.  Mix into wet ingredients.  

Add a heaping cup of each: milk/semisweet/white choc chips.  Scoop with large cookie scoop. Sprinkle with just a bit of sea salt. Bake for 13 min at 350.  

When removing them from oven "drop" the cookie sheet on the counter to crackle them. 
Makes about 5 dozen. 

This recipe makes a HUGE amount of cookie dough so use your heavy duty mixer or cut the recipe in half.  And follow the directions exactly!  Mixing for 10 min. seemed unreal to me but it really does make a difference.  And the "dropping" to crackle is fun to watch.

This is the kind of cookie that is crunchy on the outside (probably due to all the butter!) and soft in the middle with the three chip goodness.  I might even try and add some nuts next time.  Macadamia?  Walnuts?  Delightful.

I whipped up a batch of these cookies at home and decided that we'd better not try and eat them all.  We decided that sharing with our Scout leaders would be a good thing.  They had just returned home (with my son) from a high adventure trip.  My son had a little battle with a hatchet and he lost.  His leaders were kind enough to take good care of him and return him home in one piece!  
They deserve a big thank you.

By the way...the ice cream at the party was served in a fun and clever way.  Jen had purchased cups with lids (Smart and Final) and the night before the party she scooped ice cream into the cups, covered them and then placed them into the freezer.  Just a few minutes before party time she placed the ice cream cups into an ice filled tub.  The ice cream remained solid most of the party...and it was HOT outside.  Like 100 degrees HOT.

Cookies and Ice Cream.  Great Summer treat!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Sisterhood of the Traveling (Personal Progress) Purse

Kate, my daughter has a very creative and talented Young Women Personal Progress leader.  She creates beautiful works of wonders to encourage the girls to set goals and then work hard to achieve them.

Amy came up with this fun "Traveling PP Purse" to allow the young women to "show off" what they have been working on.  I thought it was a great way to inspire my daughter and others to move forward, just like the purse!

Amy created the traveling purse out of an old pair of jeans.  Lots of ideas of how to do that on Pinterest.

Included in the purse are a couple of journals for recording individual progress of each young woman.  They are asked to write about the fun they are having as well as any encouragement they might have for the next person the purse travels to.

They might choose to add a little something to the purse that relates to the goal they've just accomplished.   

After two weeks the young woman passes it along to another young woman, hence the name of the traveling purse!    

Kate enjoyed participating in the traveling purse project and actually completed 2 of her own PP projects.  A success in my book!

I love leaders and teachers that inspire my children!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Thank You Very Much!

It's that time again.  Time to say a huge THANK YOU to all those school teachers, administrators and PTA Personnel.

I had ALOT of thank yous to give so I chose a quick, fairly inexpensive way to say thanks.

99 cent basket from Hobby Lobby
Simply Lemonade (single serving size) from local grocers
Fun straws
Cello bag
Bakers Twine
and my favorite treat, 
Sweet Tooth Fairy Cake Bites (under $3.00)

I attached this tag, (which I loved).

Popped the goods in the basket and was ready to deliver my thanks!  I feel very fortunate to be able to have such great people in my life and the lives of my children.

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